SOURCE: Symantec Corporation

October 03, 2007 10:00 ET

Media Alert: Clark County Medical Society Alliance Launches Faux Paw Internet Safety Program in Clark County Schools

Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson Commemorates Launch of County-Wide Program

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - October 3, 2007) -


The Clark County Medical Society Alliance (CCMSA) will launch the Faux Paw Internet Safety program for Clark County's children at William R. Lummis Elementary School during a Town Hall-style kids' assembly addressing the role technology plays in school, family and work life. Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson and Symantec Internet Safety Advocate Marian Merritt will host an interactive Q&A with children, teachers and parents during this special event.

The Clark County School District, the fifth largest school district in the nation, along with additional private schools in the county, will incorporate the Faux Paw learning program into elementary school curriculum starting this fall. The program consists of a book, DVD and online tutorials designed to teach children about the dangers of online computing. The program is being provided to the County's schools by the CCMSA and funded in part by the American Medical Association (AMA) Alliance.

Important Facts about Children and the Internet:

--  On average, parents think their child is online three hours a week,
    but children admit to spending an average of seven hours a week online
--  23 percent of children have had encounter with a stranger on the
--  28 percent of children are able to access the internet in a private
    area, such as their bedroom
    (Source: June 2007 Symantec poll conducted by Harris Interactive®)

Event Visuals:

--  Internet safety book reading to elementary school students
--  Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson sharing her story about being
    approached online when she was a teenager
--  Town Hall-style Q&A with kids, parents and teachers asking questions
    about Internet safety
--  iKeepSafe costume character mascot, "Faux Paw the Techno Cat,"
    interacting with kids


Lummis Elementary School, Multi-purpose Room (follow signs and/or see
receptionist for directions to room)
9000 Hillpointe Road
Las Vegas, NV 89134


9:30 - 10:00 am - Media Arrivals
10:00 - 11:00 am - Press Event

Media interviews will be available with the following:

--  Walt Rulffes, Superintendent of Schools, Clark County School District
--  Marian Merritt, Internet Safety Advocate, Symantec
--  Lauren Nelson, Miss America 2007
--  Vicki Cichon, Clark County Medical Society Alliance
--  Rodney Saunders, Principal, Lummis Elementary School

In-studio interviews may also be arranged. Please contact us with your request.

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